Archive for Saturday, December 30, 2006

Biblical body sculpting

Diet, exercise, faith combine to help parishioners shed extra pounds

December 30, 2006


When the Rev. James Taylor recently received a photo from a wedding he performed over the summer, he barely recognized the man in the picture.

"I had jelly rolls," he says. "It was embarrassing."

That's because Taylor has lost 67 pounds since then. He and his wife, Cindy, have been part of Body for Life, a weight-loss program that has become a group effort for members of Lawrence Heights Christian Church, 2321 Peterson Road.

For them, spiritual and physical discipline are one in the same.

"The aspect of God being a part of it is central for us," James says. "You don't have to have God to do this thing, but it makes it a lot easier to have a higher power when you want a second piece of chocolate pie."

Body for Life is a program that encourages smaller, more frequent meals - about six a day - and workouts six times a week, alternating between cardio and strength training.

The Taylors - he's 48, she's 42 - also joined the Body for Life Challenge, a 12-week competition over the summer. Contestants compete both on statistics such as weight loss and blood pressure, and their own personal essays about the experience. Twelve winners will receive prize packages worth $50,000 each.



James, who was diagnosed with diabetes in 2003, was able to get off all five medications he was taking. He also went from a waist size of 42 to a 34.

The couple is helping pay for a cruise with the $5,898 they'll save this year by not buying the medications.

"The reality is, if I'd know it would do so much for my health, I would have done it much sooner," James says.

Cindy, meanwhile, lost 23 pounds.

"Mainly for me, it's feeling good about myself," the Deerfield School fifth-grade teacher says. "I've always exercised, even if it was minimal at times through the years. Sometimes, I didn't want to buy clothes because I was afraid of what sizes I'd need to buy."

Inspiring others

The couple's success quickly became a trend at their church.

Now, they have about 35 church members involved in the program.



One of those is Patty McGuire, who also serves as the church secretary. She meets weekly with four other women who exercise together and share devotions.

"We encourage each other," McGuire says. "We ask what we ate that day, or what their challenge is that day."

For her group of women, God is central to the weight-loss plan. They have a devotion book meant for Christian dieters.

"Each prayer devotion is a little bit different, or hits on a different aspect of dieting," McGuire says.

Multitasking with God

Of course, prayer is an essential part of the Taylors' fitness program as well.

James rides his exercise bike in the morning as he prays and reads the Bible.

"We really prayed about what we wanted to do, making this a lifestyle," he says.

Cindy adds: "We take to heart the scripture about the body being a temple."

James and Cindy Taylor have spent the last six months eating healthy and exercising six times a week as part of the Body for Life program. Their hard work has paid off: Cindy lost 23 pounds, and James has lost more than 60 pounds. James is the pastor at Lawrence Heights Christian Church, and now several of their members have started following in the Taylors' footsteps.

James and Cindy Taylor have spent the last six months eating healthy and exercising six times a week as part of the Body for Life program. Their hard work has paid off: Cindy lost 23 pounds, and James has lost more than 60 pounds. James is the pastor at Lawrence Heights Christian Church, and now several of their members have started following in the Taylors' footsteps.

Both say it's been easier to eat better and work out more with an accountability partner. One of the biggest adjustments has been portion control - when they eat out, they usually split an entree, or they ask for to-go boxes when their dinners arrive and save half of them for leftovers.

They also hung photos they took of themselves before they started with Body for Life on their refrigerator.

"We had to see our photos before we opened it," James says.

Both James and Cindy say they think their newfound program will be a long-lasting way of life in the future. And they're hoping more people in their church - and elsewhere - get involved, too.

"We joke," James says, "that we're going to have the fittest church in town."


wcstyle 11 years, 4 months ago

..And the here are some helpful tips to take your pictures for the program. (For those of you that want to get off your a** and do something with yourself besides whining and complaining about ignorant crap.)

bytheway 11 years, 4 months ago

Good Lord, people. It is not like this teacher is in a playboy spread with nothing on. Give her a break. Wouldn't some of you probably fat, lazy people who are griping about her attire be proud to show your new figure off to your friends for realizing there is more to life than donuts and Starbucks. For once I actually agree with Marion. Cut the lady some slack. I don't know many fifth graders that read the paper. If they do, maybe they will be inspired to exercise and maybe not eat that fifth cream roll or drink their seventh soda pop since there parents won't buy them health food. I think it is great and they should keep up the great work. They have a positive message.

NorthLawrenceDude 11 years, 5 months ago

It is my opinion that a Lawrence School teacher should not be posing in a bikini. Ms. Taylor teaches young children, and I do not feel that exposing oneself in this manner sets a good example for our children. Thank you.

jonas 11 years, 5 months ago

Of course, I've heard that to reach true potential in the biblical body sculpting routine, you can't cut your hair, and if you do you lose all of your power and progress.

Hawkman 11 years, 5 months ago

I agree...the photos were totally an error in judgment by this "minister" and his wife-- a teacher. How disgusting. It is totally inappropriate.

BrianR 11 years, 5 months ago

That's right, because if people were meant to be naked, they'd be born that way.

fairylight 11 years, 5 months ago

Wow, Good job.

I don't find the photo's 'disgusting' at all. Perhaps a tiny bit inappropriate, if we lived in the 1800's!

They have turned their lives around, all by excersice and diet. Off the many people do you see on a daily baisis that NEED this type of role model? HOW MUCH money , TAX DOLLARS could be saved by not supplying fat people with medications that diet would take care of!

Bassetlover 11 years, 5 months ago

Congrats to them for having the discipline to achieve such great results!!!! But there is also a part of me that thinks geez, I really wouldn't want to see my 5th grade teacher in a bikini in the newspaper. While the picture doesn't actually cross the line of being inappropriate, it sure gets close. Just the same, kudos to them for their outstanding results!

Christine Pennewell Davis 11 years, 5 months ago

marion I agree some what I see nothing wrong with the pic. it is not like she is out there sending them to her students they are there for a before and after comparision and to show people that you can do this life changing for yourself if you want. BrianR like the comment.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 11 years, 5 months ago

" agree...the photos were totally an error in judgment by this "minister" and his wife-- a teacher. How disgusting. It is totally inappropriate."

This comment says a lot more about YOUR shame issues than it does about the people in the photos. This is not soft-core porn. This is a demonstration. Do you get offended at the charts on the wall at your doctor's office?

It is SIN that teaches us to hate who God made us to be, and to be ashamed of our bodies. These photos are not for the purpose of promoting arousal or to be provacative. Lighten up, and deal with your own shame issues rather than project them on someone else. These people have found redemption in Christ, so they don't carry the same shame burden around that most people do. More power to them. I'd suggest you VISIT Lawrence Heights this Sunday and ask them about the power they have in Christ.

Here's an idea: consider being INSPIRED by what they've accomplished! I'm nearly 100 lbs. overweight, so I'm nothing but impressed at what they did in less than a year!

NorthLawrenceDude 11 years, 5 months ago

I appreciate your veiw old enuf, but look at the photo again. They are posing as if to say "look at me!". Is that being 'MODEST' in anyway shape or form? I don't think so! The bible clearly teaches that we should be modest and humble in our daily walk. These two have clearly missed those teachings. I think they are a disgrace, and THEY should be ashamed....not the people who find them offensive.

Hawkman 11 years, 5 months ago

Well, suprise, usual most of you idiots missed the point...espeically you Old Enough point isnt that they shouldn't lose fat and I could care less if God has anything to do with that..the point is that the pictures are inappropriate. The story is fine. Cut the risque photo and for you MARION...who supported the drunken administrator? as usual you know more about everything than anyone..what a joke. Thanks

geekin_topekan 11 years, 5 months ago

a part of me that thinks geez, I really wouldn't want to see my 5th grade teacher in a bikini in the newspaper. ++++ Hmm...I remember we actually invited our 8th grade social studies teacher to don a bikini for class..Mz.T.But she laughed us off as stupid young boys.She was 21.

Christine Pennewell Davis 11 years, 5 months ago

what I see when looking at the photos is a before shot done in their own home and not to at ease and a after shot done by a pro who posed them in a way the the person wanted. No pride intended but they should feel some pride in the accomplishment.

soccermom 11 years, 5 months ago

In response to NorthLawrenceDude: These photos do not say "Look at me!" The first photo says nothing of the sort. If that is what you look like when you are showing off, then you have no reason to be criticizing this couple. They went through at least 12 weeks of torture. Something the majority of America starts and then the minority of America finished. So, yeah, the second picture is a proud one, but think of your what your personal reaction would be when you completed the task that most people can't.

NorthLawrenceDude 11 years, 5 months ago

soccermom, please read my comment again. I am talking about being CHRISTLIKE. The man is a minister, and the wife is a teacher. Do you honestly think they are being modest? There is no way you could say they are. Look at the second photo. They are definitely showing pride, not being modest or humble, and her bikini is even a lower cut version than the first. (not to mention it is red) I am happy they lost the weight, good for them. HOWEVER , they are NOT setting a good christian example with these photos. Especially the second one. Believe what you want, but I know I am right. Do you go to their church by any chance?

Mommaeffort, are you trying to say the photograhper MADE them release the photo to the newspaper? Get real, they wanted to show off their bodies which is not humble or modest in anyway shape or form. It is a disgrace, and they should be ashamed. Glad my kids are not in her class, for I would be sending a letter to the schoolboard. I might anyway because I find the whole thing offensive.

Christine Pennewell Davis 11 years, 5 months ago

they wanted to promote hard work and healthy life style. So if this woman was not a teacher would people be so upset? And his being a minister really is also not the point of this other than he is now promoting it in church. So for all the people out there who lose 20+ or even 100 pounds they should not say wow look this is cool to take a photo so you have a before and after and so others can see and maybe gain strength and will to do the same really is not unhumble or prideful.

I am sorry you find it all offensive (pics) but to make this woman lose or maybe lose her job over this in my opinion more shameful.

Sapridyne 11 years, 5 months ago

1st Timothy 4:8 "For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come."

I applaud the pastor and his wife for taking care of their bodies. I do, however, have an issue with the emphasis they are placing on it.

As a Christian who is often labeled "liberal", it's discouraging to see a pastor who places so much emphasis on our physical bodies. God calls us to take care of ourselves, but our salvation (and ultimate healing) is NOT gained from a fit body.

If I saw these pictures in my pastor's office, I would be discouraged.

Say for example I'm struggling with pornography... and I see a picture in the pastor's office of his wife in a bikini. I'm already struggling with looking at images of scantaly-clad (or naked) women... seeing another in my pastor's office wouldn't help.

What if I'm having problems in my marriage and one of the issues is my wife's body image? Looking at these pictures and hearing him brag about how great his wife looks wouldn't be encouraging; it would be distracting and a hinderance to healing.

I hope the congregation questions the message that the pastor and his wife are sending. I'd rather learn of the eternal, not the temporal.

The message he preaches should not be about US, but about CHRIST and the Gospel of Grace, which truly heals.

JayCat_67 11 years, 5 months ago

Y'all get the minister and his wife. Y'all get the torches and I'll get some kindlin'. Nah, maybe that's a little too harsh. How 'bout a couple of scarlet N's for "Nekkidness".

NorthLawrenceDude 11 years, 5 months ago

momma, ministers and teachers should be examples to our society. The fact that they lost weight is great, but these pictures (especially the second one) are totally innappropriate. I don't want to see my pastor's wife in a bikini, and I don't want to see my 8 yr olds teacher in a bikini either! These two are in leadership roles, and should practice restraint when it comes to flaunting themselves. (Society is brainwashing our kids enough already, etc) Why not a MODEST article telling about the weight they lost? Why the pictures? I will tell you why...because they are stuck on themselves and are getting "into" the whole exposing of their bodies. Whatever! I have called my pastor of a local LARGE congregation and he agrees. My next call will be to Randy Wessman at the school district. This lady has no business teaching our kids. They should both be ashamed. What a disgrace.

JayCat_67 11 years, 5 months ago

NLD: Talking about being Christlike???? The last I knew Christ was about forgiveness and redemption. If all this is true, then He has already forgiven this couple for this supposed "sin", while you continue to foam at the mouth and threaten to attack a teacher's career over something so petty. And you have the nerve to cast judgement about how CHRISTLIKE someone is???

There Marion, I don't necessarily consider myself a lefty but I hope this suffices. :)

momof2 11 years, 5 months ago

She is my childs teacher and she is a wonderful women.

NorthLawrenceDude 11 years, 5 months ago

Marion, your posts say it all. You need help guy. I hope you get it.

thank you

marion4pres 11 years, 5 months ago

42 years old and HOT!! Praise the Lord.

JayCat_67 11 years, 5 months ago

Funny thing is, when I was stationed in Germany, church seemed to be much more prevalent in the culture. Yet, you could walk downtown and see billboards advertising skin cream with a topless model tastefully presented in the ad. Similar ads could be found in magazines like "Eltern" (Parents), and it was just a part of the culture. Here, we have to consider giving breastfeeding women cards to present to uptight business owners before these women are forced to leave or are threatened with indecent exposure. So, is it any surprise that some individuals have their panties in a wad over a photo of a physically fit married couple in a bikini and running shorts?

marion4pres 11 years, 5 months ago

...and upon seeing his beautiful creation the Lord sayeth...

Dang, I did that!!!

hottruckinmama 11 years, 5 months ago

oh for god sakes. i made the mistake of reading the posts before i read the article and seen the pictures. i thought with all the carrying on they were plum dang naked or something. good grief. some of you people need a chill pill. you see worse than that on tv or in magazines everyday. geez.

JayCat_67 11 years, 5 months ago

But, that TV and them magazines are the brainwashin' that feller was carryin' on about. Get thee to a nunnery, fool woman!

oldgranny 11 years, 4 months ago

I think northlawrencedude is the one with issues. Is it possible his wife/girlfriend doesn't look all that great and he wishes she did? Or is it possible that he has problems with the fact that they are an interracial couple?

Aileen Dingus 11 years, 4 months ago

I read the article LOOKING for before and after. I was a little surprised at the change in "tone" but didn't give much more than a "wow" to it.

I don't think it would have been as effective if they'd been standing there in oh say- burkhas. (or however you spell it)

As to a fine educator losing a job for this- just tell me when and where and I'll be there to support her.

Godot 11 years, 4 months ago

Wow, Marion, I must admit your take on this never occurred to me, nor ever would have.

My first reaction was to be amazed that they allowed the "before" photos to be published. That took guts.

Godot 11 years, 4 months ago

You missed the subtlety of "that took guts." :)

wcstyle 11 years, 4 months ago

For those that are not familar with the Body for Life program, it is normal to have before and after pictures like this couple has taken . They are not "gloating" or "grandstanding" it is part of the program/competiton that obviously they did very well in , congrats. The fact people are upset about the pictures is ridiculous, and over the top.

Kam_Fong_as_Chin_Ho 11 years, 4 months ago

I can't believe people are complaining that she's in a bikini. How is this different than what kids might see during a trip to the local beach or swimming pool? The ones complaining are most likely out of shape and sitting at the computer with a Ho-Ho in thier hand.

JayCat_67 11 years, 4 months ago

OTR: Whatever your personal beef with this couple is, the article and the pictures have nothing to do with that. It's simply a couple that took their health into their own hands and have before and after pictures that could be seen an any health magazine at the grocery store. That being said, if you know of something that this couple is doing that somehow endangers our kids in school or in their church, by all means, expose it. (no pun intended) But if you just don't like them for some reason, then I would ask that you redirect your energy toward something more productive. Come on dude, there's lots more fun stuff to argue about on another thread somewhere.

Jamesaust 11 years, 4 months ago

Wow. The local branch of the Taliban is quite active in Lawrence!

Obviously, she - its always "she" isn't it? - should be covered in a burqa. That way she can "set a good example for our children" by avoiding all swimming pools. Did it ever occur to some that she presents an excellent example to fifth-graders, many of whom are already becoming obese?

To wear such dress TO CHURCH would be inappropriate.

To wear such dress TO SCHOOL would be inappropriate.

To wear such dress NOWHERE is about as repressive and shame-filled a point of view as you can get.

That this couple would brave the intolerant Taliban and come forward with their story - a story whose every emphasis is "we did it; you can too" - is the very definition of MODESTY. Kudos to this couple for their courage and desire to help others in this society smack in the middle of an OBESITY CRISIS. No mere "we've lost weight" statement is going to convey this common-man achievement as well as a photograph can.

As to the idiot with the 'I called my pastor of a large local church' I can only say: neither I nor anyone else needs your pastor's approval or authority. Ever occurred to you that large organizations are often largely wrong?

sibkiss 11 years, 4 months ago

I want to go to their church!! They are getting their minds and bodies under their own positive control, have higher self esteem from the exercise, more endorphins, and are helping lead the way for others. Diabetes, high blood pressure, physical lethargy - all under control. And a group to help each other learn to achieve control over their self-destructive habits. You go for it. I'm checking it out. Praise the Lord and pass the tofu!

yellowhouse 11 years, 4 months ago

Father you made me with funny shaped eyes and hair that is way to straight, You gave me ugly legs And I am always over weight!

Still I thank you, I am exactly who you meant me to be The delight of your heart with every talent and ability!

You formed me in the womb To be beautiful in your sight You filled my soul with strength To make my life just right!

Father you make me proud of myself Who I am, is who I am meant to be Though my accomplishments may go unnoticed I know you are proud of me!

So thank you Lord for giving me life Along with each challenge and test, Though others may fail to understand I have truly given my best!

John 15:5 I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

sublime 11 years, 4 months ago

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craigers 11 years, 4 months ago

I can't believe people are this upset. First of all, how many 5th graders are reading the morning paper everyday? Is this really that big of a deal? You better believe I would be proud of shedding that much weight. It isn't arrogant to be proud of an accomplishment. Some people need to relax and let them have a moment to be proud.

i_have_only_valid_opinions 11 years, 4 months ago

All this ranting and yet no one has even noticed or mentioned that the dude (the minister) is in his freakin' panties in the before photo. I don't think the photos are inappropriate in general, but the panties are inappropriate for a church related photo.

How could you all miss this?

pagan_idolator 11 years, 4 months ago

I dont have problems with the pictures. If they want to show the effects of their hard work more power to them. While I dont see a problem I can understand some people might - given the professions of both persons. To just out of hand turn this into a racist reaction is stupid. Can we never disagree with the actions of a person not our color? Are we racist if we do? Racism is real and abundant but to label everything involving disagreement with persons of different colors is just silly.

Hawkman 11 years, 4 months ago

WOW...just talked to God and she ain't happy... he is extremely ticked at the pic but more pissed that he created something like Marion.... Thanks

Genome 11 years, 4 months ago

Shake those baby makers! It's not like the pictures make them look sexy...c'mon!

LawrenceRes 11 years, 4 months ago

To all the FREAKS who think that this is inappropriate, shame on you and get a life. Don't you have anything better to do than pick on some woman for wearing a bathing suit to show her success?

I don't want to here about how it's inappropriate for a teacher to wear a swimsuit that's not full cover-up or got an ugly skirt wrapped around it like an eighy year old or a really fat woman, just because of her career. Her career should be left out of it. Maybe if you all worked that hard to accomplish what she did, you would be wearing the same thing, or less.

Nobody has any right to meddle with her career and try to mess up her life because she looks good in a bikini or because she is pictured in it. You should be proud that a woman with this sort of committment and self discipline is a part of our public schools.

I see tons of parents in bikinis at the pool during the summer. Is it okay for them to be in a bikini in front of a bunch of kids? This is rediculous, a waste of time and an embarassment.

I'm embarassed to see such freaky, closed-minded people making such stupid comments on here.

LawrenceRes 11 years, 4 months ago

And furthermore, I would rather hear someone bitch about the really fat people who go out in public in nothing but sweats and have a constant wedgy that they don't even know about. I'm more concerned about my kid seeing that than a school teacher in a bikini!

i_have_only_valid_opinions 11 years, 4 months ago

OK, seriously people. How come no one sees it as inappropriate for a preacher to be posing in his underwear in the before picture? You don't have to pose in your freakin' panties to show off your bare beer belly. Gym shorts would be sufficient. Regardless of what the lady is wearing, he is inappropriate in the before picture. Underwear!?! For a preacher!?! With no reason to not have normal shorts on!?!

LawrenceRes posts "This is rediculous, a waste of time and an embarassment.

I'm embarassed to see such freaky, closed-minded people making such stupid comments on here."

I find it funny how you say this is a waste of time, yet you have one of the longest (read: most effort) posts on the topic. No one is trying to mess up anyone's life. Just voicing opinions. Just be glad you are allowed to do the same.

LawrenceRes 11 years, 4 months ago

Okay, I never said I wasn't glad to be able to post my opinion so ease up. And I have to agree, the underwear thing is more concerning to me than the bikini. That was done in bad taste. And it is a waste of time to be calling your local pastors about this, and to say that you are going to call Randy Weisman about this lady. WASTE OF TIME!! Maybe you and I are not trying to mess up anyone's life but if you have been reading the posts, there are some people who are threatening this lady's job over this, not just voicing their opinions. So sorry my post seemed so long to you, but it seriously only takes about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes to type up a few lines like that. I don't quite know why you were so concerned about it instead of the immediate discussion.

i_have_only_valid_opinions 11 years, 4 months ago

Just busting your bells LawrenceRes. I think it's all gotten out of hand on here. Leave them be. The only weird thing is the underwear photo for the minister, but his congregation can decide if they want to question him on that. It is weird though. Otherwise I hope people leave them alone.

craigers 11 years, 4 months ago

Valid opinions, they might be plained colored underwear, but honestly what is the difference between what underwear covers and gym shorts? Bra and panties versus a bikini? Are we really having this conversation? I've seen people wear bikinis more revealing than some underwear and for pete's sake, if he was wearing running shorts he would be revealing more than underwear.

Jersey_Girl 11 years, 4 months ago

NorthLawrenceDude - Cindy and James are in the poses because that is how Body For Life asked them to pose. I know, I've seen the original pictures. Those picture were taken specifically for the Body For Life competition, not for LJW. I think it's extraordinarily sad that these two people have made such amazing changes in their lives and all you small-minded morons can focus on is a bi-racial couple with the wife wearing a red bikini. But then, maybe that's because you didn't actually read the article, you just looked at the pictures. Sad.

Jersey_Girl 11 years, 4 months ago

All you people who are freaked out by the pictures, let me ask, why are you taking issue with the people in the picture rather than the LJW for publishing it?

Also, the Body For Life program has a 12-week challenge to see what changes you can make in the 12 week period but the program is about making a lifestyle change, not just a 12 week diet/excersize program.

classclown 11 years, 4 months ago

Valid opinions, stop saying he is wearing panties. Men don't wear panties. Normal men don't anyway. Those with sugar in their tank probably do, but he obviously doesn't.

JayCat_67 11 years, 4 months ago

Hey! Those are underwear! And I just doused my torch. Dang!

Jersey_Girl 11 years, 4 months ago

And Body For Life isn't about losing pounds; it's about losing body fat and inches and bad eating habits and unhealthy lifestyle choices. Some of you mention that you don't want Cindy as a role model for your 5th graders. Well, I do. My fifth graders are my siblings, not my offspring and I'd much rather they be looking up at Cindy or someone like Cindy than the anorexic females Hollywood trots out for us. Kids today can pick their role models from all over the place. Personally, I'd much rather all my female family members have Cindy as a role model than Paris Hilton or Lindsey Lohan or Britney Spears or Kate Moss or any one of those "waif" actresses they have running around out there. Take a look at who your children have as role models; who's posters are on their walls and who's CDs they listen to and who's movies they watch and who's on what TV shows they watch. Cindy is a real woman who is built like a real woman. If this is not the type of woman you want as a role model for our children, WHO do you want as a role model? She has taken control of her life and changed her lifestyle so that she has not only a smokin' body, but an incredibly healthy one as well. She has made herself well. So has James. By changing what and when he eats, he has not only lost pounds, he has lost body fat, he has taken control of his Diabetes, therefore lengthen his lifespan. THAT is what this article is about, people.

Linda Endicott 11 years, 4 months ago

I can't believe some of you.

Risque? What's so risque? Everything important is covered, and totally, in both pics. What in the world is wrong with you?

Someone fighting with an addiction to porn? Are you serious? Is that what your problem is, NorthLawrenceDude?

These pics are NOTHING like you'd find with porn.

I don't see anything wrong with either pic. You guys are such prudes. Get over yourselves.

Although I wondered, looking at the before pic, exactly what was wrong with the lady? She looked fine to me before.

I also wondered about that hairdo. Looks like she was doing a 1970s Mary Tyler Moore thing.

Oh, well. To each his own.

kreese 11 years, 4 months ago

I am very proud of both of them. I know those pictures are not meant to be vulgar but rather them showing people the success they have made. They are great people and real down to earth christians. They are no different than those commercials you see. The big difference is that you know what they do, you have no idea what the people on tv do. More power to the Taylors. Read the Bible in Genisis and you will find out that Adam and Eve were both naked and had nothing to be ashamed of until they sinned.

black_hawk 11 years, 4 months ago

The ironic thing about this article is that he used to say from the pulpit that although his wife looked great in a bikini, no one else would ever see it because they valued anyone and everyone can see her. The issue isn't whethter or not it's appropriate for them to be seen this way, the issue is that he said that no one else ever would see her this's funny how things change.

ezuela 9 years, 7 months ago

Interesting to look back on these events now that the "minister" and his wife have long been run out of town.That photo was an embarassment to the church and revealed a definite lack of wisdom on the part of that couple. Their weight loss could have just as easily been shown in excercise suits or a nice dress and yet they chose the soft porn shots. They lost the respect of the congregation and the community.I have a friend who went to that church and she was treated very snobbily by Cindy Taylor - mainly because she is overweight. That church now has wonderful, thoughtful, leadership who conduct their lives in a manner deserving of respect.

denak 9 years, 7 months ago

I don't think these pics are inappropriate.Personally, I think it is great that these two individuals are setting a positive example for their children and for his congragation.And just because someone is a teacher or a minister does not mean that they can't be (dare I say it) sexy! The human body is nothing to be ashamed of.Personally, I think some of you are just P.O'd because she wasn't your teacher.Dena

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